Perks of Working an On-Campus Job

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Perks of Working an On-Campus Job

            Do you currently work? Are you looking for a part-time job? If the answer to any of these is no, then my suggestion for you is to look on-campus. I spent a lot of time my freshman year looking for a job for some extra money but realized that the schedules of most offices are hard to accommodate with my school schedule or require most of my free time on the weekends. For instance, restaurants and shops in Downtown Athens want you to work late nights and game days because that is when they are busiest. That schedule puts you at a point where you are trying to balance your social, work, and school life, while throwing a nap in there every so often.

            As cheesy as it sounds.. why choose when you can have it all? I have worked at two on-campus jobs while at the University of Georgia and realized it truly is the best option! I had no idea just how many benefits an on-campus job would present for me. They are required to prioritize your class and test schedule and most only put you to work on weekdays (generally within a time between 8am-5pm). You also do not have to work on breaks or long weekends. It may not sound flattering to use up your breaks during the day to be at work instead of relaxing at home or studying in the MLC but being in an office actually structures you to get things done. Whenever there is nothing for your boss to give you, most allow you to work on your homework and be productive during the time period. I can name countless days where I was too tired to do any homework but ended up getting ahead because I was forced to sit up and get work done while in the office. Studies have actually shown that employed students tend to show better grades than non-working students.

            Another key benefit of on campus jobs is the experience. While working you get a lot of experience that employers find crucial in any field. A key skill is time management. Having a job with your school schedule shows that you are a hard worker and can manage your time. If your on-campus job is an office job you learn how to organize, paying attention to day-to-day details, answering phones, scheduling appointments, and so much more. On campus jobs also provide a lot of opportunity for networking. If you grow a relationship with the people you work for they may be able to make connections with future employers and provide you recommendations.

            I hope this helped anyone out looking for a job or debating pursuing an on-campus job! If anyone else had any experience with on-campus jobs good or bad please leave a comment because I would love to hear your opinions.


4 Comments

Jyoti Makhijani

Jyoti Makhijani

February 7, 2019at 2:22 pm

I work an on-campus job and definitely agree with you! It’s so convenient to just walk over to work, get in some hours and maybe even some homework when there’s a lull in workload. It helps to earn some money on the side as well as manage my time efficiently.

Joyce Ro

Joyce Ro

February 9, 2019at 2:20 am

Great post! I think many of us searching for jobs forget to utilize the many opportunities available for us on campus. I am wondering, what on-campus jobs do you have experience with/would you recommend that allow for time studying or working on homework? I have been wanting to find an on-campus job to gain work experience but am slightly reluctant to add something too taxing on my current schedule with working out, clubs, meetings, etc.

Mary Miley Hicks

Mary Miley Hicks

February 10, 2019at 9:16 pm

This post really resonated with me! I work at a restaurant/bar downtown and although it is a great way to make quick cash, the challenges of work/school/social balances are real. The game days and late night shifts can be tough when I would sometimes rather be in Sanford Stadium or simply get to bed early for class in the morning. It can be difficult to find a cover for these shifts because most college student have these same thoughts. I hadn’t really considered working an on campus job before this post, but the benefits seem worth it! It would definitely be nice to be able to finish up some homework while clocking in time on the job!

Cindy Cheng

Cindy Cheng

February 11, 2019at 5:45 pm

I agree completely! I remember when I got my first job during freshmen year and it was an on-campus job. I did a lot of administrative work, such as answering phone calls and transcribing materials. Although the work was tedious at times, I gained a lot of useful skills from it like time management as you’ve mentioned and just becoming more productive overall. I definitely had a wonderful experience! So if any else is trying to look for a job or make some extra cash, I would check out on-campus jobs first.

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